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Monday, September 22, 2014

Residents Talk Crime, Neighborhood Watch at Public Safety Summit

LAPD Harbor Division Captain Nancy Lauer speaks at the Public Safety Summit on Jan. 25. (Photo: Megan Barnes)

About 200 residents turned out for a heavily promoted public safety summit at the Elks Lodge on Saturday. Put on by the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council in coordination with LAPD Harbor Division, the event was a forum for residents concerned about crime to discuss issues in their communities, get to know their neighborhood watch groups and connect with local law enforcement.

Although contrary to public perception, crime has actually gone down — Harbor Division was number one in crime reduction last year — the myriad of Facebook pages following crime in San Pedro neighborhoods has raised community interest and participation in recent years.

“That success not only comes from the men and women of the LAPD, but also you — you’re engaged,” Councilman (and former senior lead officer) Joe Buscaino said to the crowd at the Lodge Room, where four panel discussions were held.

“For me it comes down to poverty,” Buscaino said. “Our main goal of economic development ties hand in hand with public safety.”

The panels were made up of local residents, business owners, representatives from Harbor Division, the Fifteenth Council District, the mayor’s office, the fire department and the Department of Transportation.

“For me it comes down to poverty,” Buscaino said. “Our main goal of economic development ties hand in hand with public safety.”

Buscaino was followed by Harbor Division Captain Nancy Lauer.

“We have every reason to be confident and be hopeful and to be encouraged that things are only going to get better with your presence here and your partnership,” she said, before getting into statistics showing a downward trend in both violent crime and property crime.

After a presentation by Senior Lead Officer Evening Wight, panelists on the prevention track discussed the effectiveness of neighborhood watch groups.

South Shores resident Bob Genest shared how Cyber Watch, an email network he started a year ago between neighbors and their senior lead officer, has helped them learn specific information about break-ins in their neighborhood, like how almost all of them happen in the daytime, to homes without security systems and with suspects entering through back patios.

“The most important thing we’ve learned is that when you put it all together, we as a group have the power to end this. We can, and there’s a whole list of things that you can do to protect your home from burglary,” Genest said, adding that when a home was broken into just last week, 130 neighbors connected through Cyber Watch knew about it before they went to bed that evening. “People who are burglarizing our homes don’t want this type of event; they depend on our isolation from each other.”

Wight said that arrests have been made in all 17 burglaries tracked by Cyber Watch last year.

Next, the education panel discussed youth issues, including skateboarding. One young woman in the audience expressed frustration with residents focusing on skateboarding more than other issues like graffiti.

“How about we get a hold of the parents whose kids are tagging on houses?” she said to applause.

Next, panelists on the identification track discussed specific parts of town that are prone to crime and offered tips on how members of the public can act as eyes and ears. The event then wrapped with a panel discussing transportation issues ranging from speed bumps and stops signs, to weekend traffic on Harbor Boulevard, to Paseo del Mar’s post-landslide future.

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One Response to “Residents Talk Crime, Neighborhood Watch at Public Safety Summit”
  1. Papadakis says:

    Closer to 275-300 people were in attendance. Groundbreaking effort by Dave Behar, LAPD and CSPNC…

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